Environmental or Water Resources Engineering

Thursday, September 9, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Assistant Professor
Job Institution: 
University of Tennessee
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the areas of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering. We welcome applications from highly qualified individuals with a passion for teaching and research across all areas of specialization within these areas and who would complement existing strengths of the University. The successful candidate is expected to build an exceptional record of accomplishment including an externally-funded research program, impactful scholarship, effective mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds, and effective and inclusive teaching.

The new faculty member will join other members of the faculty in offering and supporting current degree programs and supporting a new BS degree program in Environmental Engineering, currently in the planning stages. The department has 22 tenure-line faculty members and 3 non-tenured full-time teaching faculty and offers baccalaureate, masters, and PhD degrees with concentrations in construction, environmental, geotechnical and materials, structures, transportation, and water resources engineering. The department ranks in the top 30 US institutions in scholarly publications and citations per faculty member according to Academic Analytics. We welcome applicants who can leverage the wealth of assembled expertise in related fields across the UT systems and could collaborate with researchers at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory through the newly-formed University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute and through a number of multidisciplinary centers including the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment, the Tennessee Water Resources Research Center, the Center for Environmental Biotechnology, the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, and the Center for Transportation Research. As the leading university partner in UT-Battelle, the management company for Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the university offers extraordinary opportunities for cutting-edge research in science and engineering.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and particularly invite candidates who will strengthen our diversity and educational mission of teaching excellence. The department, college, and university strive to be a welcoming community where students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds are able to belong, thrive, and contribute. The university has established a number of policies to promote work-life balance and support the professional development and overall well-being of faculty. Knoxville boasts a vibrant economy, mild climate, diverse cultural opportunities, a lively downtown area, proximity to many natural and outdoor activities, and affordable cost of living.


  • Earned doctorate in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering or closely related field at the time the position is filled
  • Research and teaching interests in any area of Environmental Engineering or Water Resources Engineering
  • Demonstrated record of publishing in high quality academic journals
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Eligibility to work in the US
  • Registration as a professional engineer or ability to become registered is considered as beneficial, but not required

Application Procedure 

Applicants should submit a single PDF file including 1) an application letter addressing qualifications and motivation, 2) statements of research and teaching interests, 3) a complete curriculum vitae, and 4) the names and contact information for five references using the following link http://apply.interfolio.com/93486.  Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Christopher Cherry, Chair of the Search Committee (voice: 865-974-7710; email cherry@utk.edu). Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1 and will continue until the position is filled.